The First Aston Corpus Summer School took place from July 27th to 31st 2009, on the 10th floor of the North Wing of the Main Building, with social events usually starting in the Sacks of Potatoes, and a Dinner at the Conference Centre.
Eleven leading corpus specialists [(Ramesh Krishnamurthy (Aston); Michaela Mahlberg (Liverpool); Eric Atwell (Leeds); Hilary Nesi (Coventry); Paul Rayson (Lancaster); Michael Barlow (Auckland); Adam Kilgarriff (LexiCom; LexMasterClass); Michael Rundell (Macmillan; LexMasterClass); Anne Wichmann (Central Lancashire); Kevin Watson (Lancaster); Suzanne Kemmer (Rice, Texas)] gave talks and conducted practical exercises involving a wide range of corpus creation and analysis programmes.
Thirty one participants attended from the UK (Aston, Birmingham, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sheffield, Swansea, Warwick, Wolverhampton), Europe (Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland) and Overseas (Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, New Zealand).
The feedback from the tutors was very postive - and we have been asked to extend the summer school to two weeks next year:
Participants also spoke highly of the event:
- Iincredibly useful; there isn’t anything else like it, and it meets a big need
- I greatly enjoyed my visit on all fronts - a nice group and wonderful hospitality
- What an impressive operation you have there! I hope you will do it again next year!
- Really helpful; I benefited a lot
- I made many friends sharing similar research interests
- A great variety of topics; good lectures by great lecturers
- Very nice, relaxed atmosphere - truly enlightening; a great event from start to finish
- For anyone interested in Corpus I would say this is a must; surpassed my expectations; inspiring atmosphere).
We would like to thank all the staff at Aston (support staff, computing, catering, etc) who helped to make this such a successful inaugural summer school!